It is a fairly well known fact that people who end up as successes (whether perceived as such by themselves or by others or by both) have a tendency to over-estimate their personal agency in their success story. So, no, in other words they’re actually extremely poorly placed to give you advice. It’s a bit like how historians sometimes wonder if time travel would answer burning questions about the past… inevitably they all remember the old adage, “Can’t see the forest for the trees.” Here I ask you to treat “forest” as “what to do” and “trees” as “the components of the constructed self-narrative remembered by ‘successful’ people”.

Moral: as you show by quoting Avatar, the advice that works can come from anywhere… and often does.

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